Thursday, 6 Oct 2022

At the Opening of the 5th Session of the ICYSM: OIC Secretary-General Calls for Facing the Challenges of Unemployment, Terrorism, Asylum, and Immigration

His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Hissein Brahim Taha, called for addressing the challenges faced by youth in OIC Member States, especially with regard to high unemployment, the spread of extremism, displacement, asylum and illegal immigration. To that end, he called for developing joint policies, strategies, and action plans to meet the needs of youth, offer them opportunities and enhance their role in development to advance the socio-economic conditions, as well as to build and promote peace and dialogue and combat extremism and terrorism.

This was part of the Secretary General’s speech before the 5th Session of the Islamic Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers (ICYMS) of the OIC Member States, hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah on 7-9 September 2022 under the theme “Development of Youth and Sports for a Solidarity-based Ummah”. Speakers at the opening session also included His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Minister of Sport in Saudi Arabia, Chair of the current ICYSM session, H.E. Mr. Farid Gayibov, Minister of Youth and Sports in the Republic of Azerbaijan, Chair of the 4th ICYSM Session, and H.E. Dr. Mohammad bin Suleiman Al-Jasser, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group.

The Secretary-General pointed out that Global studies indicate that the OIC geography accommodates about a quarter of the world's youth, and it is expected that the OIC countries will have more than a third of the world's youth by 2050, according to the United Nations world population prospects. These facts and statistics can provide opportunities for the Muslim world if the potentials of youth are appropriately harnessed, and when youth are involved in setting and implementing policies and programs on youth and sports development.

The OIC Secretary-General called for concrete actions and initiatives through launching development programs for youth in all Member States, and that the OIC Member States and relevant institutions play an active role in these programs and initiatives.

The Secretary-General expressed great thanks and appreciation to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the OIC host country, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, May Allah protect them, for the generous hosting of this session after Saudi Arabia had kindly hosted the first and second ICYSM sessions.

He highly commended the great attention and care paid by the wise leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to issues related to youth and sports in the OIC Member States in particular, and for the generous care and continuous support for the OIC and its various activities and programs, in order to strengthen Islamic solidarity, and to advance the role entrusted to the OIC.

H.E extended his sincere thanks and gratitude to His Royal Highness, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the excellent preparations and arrangements that have been made to hold this session.

He also extended Thanks to the government and people of the Republic of Azerbaijan for hosting the fourth session of this conference, especially the Ministry of Youth and Sports, headed by H.E. Minister Farid Gayibov, who spared no effort during his outstanding chairmanship of the fourth session, a matter that contributed to the development of initiatives taken under the Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the ICYSM fourth session.

Source: Organization of Islamic Cooperation

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